Styles range from diminutive and rustic to rambling and palatial.
Page 89 “Cottage with High Chimneys at Farnham, Surrey” (Niven, Wigglesworth and Falkner, Architects.) Bedroom-level stair hall - Inventive angled door walls, of which 2 successive sets in decreasing dimensions angle one’s view and navigation into/away from a most unusual WC and bath.
Page 91 “The Dial House at Shortfield Common Farnham” (Niven, Wigglesworth, and Falkner, Architects.) Very early “before and after” documentation – Living level transformed from barn-like to highly adaptive plan.
Page 153: “Cottage At Harmer Green” (Eden And Freeman, Architects) Delightfully off-square and askew elevation. Less delightful is the excessive walking required to move amongst the severely compartmentalized rooms.
Some selections do not include all floor levels, whereas others delight by including the attic level
Includes 2 selections by C. A. Voysey, including his own home: “The Orchard”, but with a most uninteresting interior photograph.
Regarding gardens, conservation, site preparation, and builders:
“Judging from the efforts of the speculative builder, his first idea when he takes possession of a site is to hack every living stick of verdure down, and until the whole ground is as bare as a billiard table he seems unable to plant his abominations on it. In some cases it would almost appear that he takes a fiendish joy or malevolence in so doing.” (Page 218)
Most Historically Interesting Advertisement:
“Cabot’s Sheathing and Sound-deadening Quilt”: This housing insulation is alleged to have lined certain structures as part of Robert Falcon Scott’s doomed 1910 Terra Nova Antarctic Expedition. (Final page) (No correlation or blame intended nor assumed.)